Tyler McCulloch is a young man who understands Christ’s admonition in the book of Luke that “from everyone who has been given much, much will be required.” The concept forms the basis of his whole experience at Pacific Union College.
“I don’t deserve to be here,” says Tyler, a junior Spanish/pre-nursing major from Southern California. “Because PUC has given so much to me, I want to try to give back as much as I can.”
When Tyler was a child, his father was diagnosed with cancer, eventually succumbing to the disease while Tyler was in high school. The long medical battle devastated the family in more ways than one—Tyler’s mother had to quit working in order to take care of her husband. Years after the traumatic ordeal the family is still recovering emotionally and financially.
So when Tyler fell in love with PUC as a prospective student, finances were a major issue. But a Seventh-day Adventist education was a priority, and PUC’s nursing program, study abroad opportunities, and beautiful setting and community made the school first in his heart.
“I could not be here without financial aid,” he says. This year, his financial aid includes the Doug Abbott Men in Nursing Scholarship, founded by the family of a late recent PUC graduate, and the Class of 1994 scholarship, funded by generous contributions from a group of alumni.
The ability to afford a top-notch education at PUC was the ultimate gift for Tyler, who has spent the ensuing three years making sure he was worthy of the privilege. He volunteers with REVO, a student organization devoted to making life better for others one cause at a time, and KidzReach, a group that provides positive adult role models for at-risk children in the Napa Valley. He’s also co-director of Interactions, a group that brings PUC students together for a shared worship experience on Friday evenings.